Creating Strong Traditions is an Integral Part of Family Life

Creating strong traditions is an integral part of family life. When I was a child, we had many traditions that involved faith, family, and service – many of which I still cling to as an adult.

My mother made sure that we had a firm foundation in faith by taking us to church every Sunday. If the church doors were open, we were most likely there. Although I strayed from this tradition throughout my late teens and twenties, I resumed it once I became a father.

We also spent many weekends doing some type of service project together. These ranged from visiting sick and shut-in people to helping to distribute food at our church’s pantry. My mother now leads a fund-raising team for the UNCF and my kids and I participate in the annual walk-a-thon with her.

The tradition that was probably most dear to my mother was the family reunion. As often as she could, she would gather members of our extended family together for a weekend. We always had a great time telling stories, playing games, and fellowshipping with one another. Family reunions became even more important to her after her parents died. Now we have reunions every other year, and it’s always good to connect with our extended family.

Now that I have my own family, I have continued the tradition of creating traditions…(read the rest of the post on my Goldfishsmiles blog)

Stay Strong,




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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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